Navratri is just around the corner! During the festival of Navratri, which literally translates to nine nights, different avatars of Goddess Durga are worshipped and on the tenth day the idol of Goddess Durga is immersed. During this holy period, the devotees observe fasts, abstain from alcohol, non-vegetarian food and ingredients such as onions, garlic and common salt (satvik meal is recommended during this time). These strict dietary rules during Navratri can be taxing but they don’t have to be; keeping your body hydrated is very crucial. If you do want to skip plain water or nimbu shikanji, here are fun and refreshing beverages that will give you an instant burst of energy on all nine days of the festivity.
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The refreshing drink shared with us by Kranti Kumar, bartender at Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre & Hyderabad International Convention Centre can be made in minutes. All you have to do is blend about 10 basil leaves, 10 gms of ginger chunks, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice with equal quantity of sugar syrup, chilled water as required with ice cubes, Strain and serve in a cocktail glass with a lemon slice and basil leaves.
Jeera Kheera Lemonade
Nothing beats a classic lemonade to quench your thirst, but you can always give it a twist! To make jeera kheera lemonade, in a jar add 15 ml of cucumber syrup, 10 ml of ice spice syrup (jeera flavoured), some cucumber slices, a pinch of chat masala and ice cubes. Stir the mixture well and then top it with some Sprite. (You can avail the syrups from any nearby gourmet food store)
If you like a fruity drink, then you should definitely try this berrilicious drink! To make it add two bar spoons of blueberries in a mixer grinder with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream, 60 ml of cranberry juice and some ice cubes. Blend well until you get a milkshake-like consistency. Pour it in a tall glass and garnish with some blueberries.
Tender coconut water is a nature’s energy drink, make the most of it as suggested by Darren Alvares, General Manager, Phoenix Mills Limited. Toss ice cubes in a shaker, followed by 15 ml of cucumber syrup, 15 ml of lime juice, 15 ml of sugar syrup and some mint leaves. Muddle all the ingredients, top it with 150 ml of tender coconut water and serve it in a glass.
Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi
If you want to try something desi, then you should definitely make this easy and refreshing drink. All you have to do is mix equal quantity or lime juice and sugar syrup (about 10 ml), 15 ml of watermelon syrup, 15 ml of tamarind syrup, a pinch of chat masala and 120 ml of cranberry juice. Shake, top it off with ice cubes and serve.
Do you want to taste something tropical? In this sweltering heat, mandarin mojito will be the perfect drink! Pour equal quantities of lime juice and sugar syrup, add some mint leaves, a lime wedge and ice cubes in a shaker. Fill the shaker with orange juice, shake and serve in a tall glass. You can use an orange slice with some mint leaves as garnish.
The mix of strawberry and guava in this mocktail is simply delicious and oh-so-refreshing! To make this quick drink you just have to add 15 ml of strawberry syrup, 160 ml of guava juice, 3 lime wedges in a shaker. Shake and serve with some ice cubes.
So, when you are shaking up smashing mocktails, try this apple-based mocktail. To make this drink, in a shaker mix 15 ml of cinnamon syrup, 120 ml apple juice, 5 ml lime juice, 5 ml of sugar syrup, some apple chunks and tons of ice. Shake vigorously and serve.
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There is no alternative to the refreshing mint leaves and lime. This mocktail is surprisingly easy to make yet it tastes amazing. To make your own glass of mojito. in a glass muddle about 10-15 mint leaves, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 ounce of fresh lime juice. Add some ice cubes, top it with either sparkling water or ginger ale and serve.
With inputs from Shiro, Hitchki, BKC Dive, ZEE5 Loft Bangalore, BAR BAR, Phoenix MarketCity, Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre, Novotel Imagica Khopoli
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